It’s time to ditch the iron because crinkles are in

Backstage at Altuzarra spring summer 2016

While many of us go to bed hoping to spring out of it the following morning the temptation to hit snooze is a reality we face again and again. Those extra 10 minutes often comes at a price, though, and for the domestic dissenters among us ironing is the first chore to be jilted. Luckily, the dishevelled look is super on-trend this season with a new breed of shirts, dresses and jackets made to be worn crumpled; does this mean ironing could be a thing of the past? Designers seemed to think so as they were unduly drawn to creased up fabrics for spring/summer 2016. Strictly no ironing allowed!

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Victoria Beckham’s offering pays homage to the 90s’ distressed and decidedly unfussy solution to dressing

For Altuzarra, this laidback trend arose from a wistful look back at the designer Basque Heritage. Refined yet ever-so-slightly undone, the work on textures was inspired by hand-painted ceramics leaving a line-up of linen crinkled dresses, midi skirts and billowing shirts to do the talking. Rumpled fashion brings with it the suggestion of insouciance and for Victoria Beckham and Margaret Howell the habitual simplicity of their collections was reconsidered. This was undoubtedly Victoria Beckham’s most free-spirited offering yet with wrinkled slip-on dresses paying homage to the 90s’ distressed and decidedly unfussy solution to dressing.

Rather than proposing a new rewrite each season, Margaret Howell affords her committed customers with steadfast, fuss-free items but for spring/summer 2016 the designer’s elegant tomboy was met with an injection of furrowed modernity. Crumpled paper bag waist trousers were paired with equally coarse button-up shirts and grown-up creased shirt dresses that looked like they might have been slept in – easy and authentic, seasonal tailoring has been softened as fashion-enabled laziness comes crumpled up and creased all over.

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Margaret Howell’s crumpled paper bag waist trousers and coarse button-up shirts look like they might have been slept in

While unquestionably blasé, this trend does require a little consideration to avoid looking like you simply couldn’t be bothered; you should appear unperturbed of course but be sure to opt for pre-creased and rumpled clothing – not an item plucked from your ever-mounting floor-drobe. Beautifully puckered garms are not only eye-catching but also super stress-free and casual but if you don’t want to jump in at the deep end with all-over crinkles then pair them with items that look extra crisp for a more polished take.

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